Boston’s top cop announces retirement, new job at college

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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Police Commissioner William Evans has announced that he is retiring after nearly four decades with the department to take a job as director of public safety at Boston College.

Evans made the announcement Monday at a city hall news conference with Mayor Marty Walsh.

At the same news conference, Walsh said he has named Evans’ superintendent-in-chief, William Gross, as the new commissioner. Gross is the first black commissioner in city history.

Evans, a native of South Boston, started as a cadet in 1980 and became a patrol officer in 1982.

He was promoted in 2009 to superintendent, overseeing special events and the department’s patrol division.

He was named interim commissioner in November 2013 after the resignation of Edward Davis and was appointed to the post permanently in 2014.

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